Posts tagged technology
“the production of possession: spirits and the multinational corporation in Malaysia”, aihwa ong, 1987 (read in full)
I pretty much always want to talk about women’s bodies under capitalism but not in a stupid reductive “advertising gives girls low self-esteem” way that positions women as only ever consumers rather than producers/workers; such an analysis is itself misogynist. apparently this article is a bit of a modern classic? it’s about spirit possession and assembly-line workers in 1980s Malaysia. currently putting together a reading list on the alienation of women’s labour, how this is accomplished through distinctly gendered/embodied means, and the interference of the supernatural with this process.
i’ve gotta say that having the comp-sci kids implement the designers’ projects seems fucked. like if you’re just a computer nerd and not a “creative” protoprofessional then clearly your skills are of purely instrumental value, right? wrong.
I agree. like, at least have them collaborate in some way? although in this context comp sci kids are the technicians implementing another’s designs, they are themselves designers, just not necessarily visual designers.
If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution, let me suggest an idea that you might not have considered: You should learn computer programming. Specifically, you should sign up for Code Year, a new project that aims to teach neophytes the basics of programming over the course of 2012. Code Year was put together by Codecademy,* a startup that designs clever, interactive online tutorials. Codecademy’s founders, Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski, argue that everyone should know how to program—that learning to code is becoming as important as knowing how to read and write. I concur. So if you don’t know how to program, why not get started this week? Come on, it’ll be fun!
Code Year’s minimum commitment is one new lesson every week. The company says that it will take a person of average technical skill about five hours to complete a lesson, so you’re looking at about an hour of training every weekday. That’s not so bad, considering that the lessons are free, and the reward could be huge: If you’re looking to make yourself more employable (or more immune from getting sacked), if you’d like to become more creative at work and in the rest of your life, and if you can’t resist a good intellectual challenge, there are few endeavors that will pay off as handsomely as learning to code.
hmm. they make a good case.